170+ Flights Canceled at MIA

Large fuel tank catches fire at MIA

More than 100 flights have been canceled at Miami International Airport after an early morning fire has slowed fuel to planes.

Firefighters battled the after a large fuel tank exploded after an underground fuel line caught fire.

The call for the fire went out just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night and over 120 firefighters responded to the airport's fuel farm to pour foam over it. It was put out just after 1 a.m.

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department reported that there were 179 flight cancellations and more than 60 delays as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lines stretched across several terminals as passengers, many of whom thought they would only be in Miami for an hour, were told they might be stuck in a terminal the entire day.

At one point, the usually busy security check point was completely empty because no one had a ticket. And just a few feet away, the tail end of a long line of passengers was at a standstill.

At least one flight to Santiago, Chile, was delayed Wednesday night.

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez said preliminary information showed a malfunction sparked the fire. The underground fuel lines to the airport were shut off, he said.

The large tank that ignited has a capacity of one million gallons of fuel.

Planes are now being fueled the old-fashioned way, with large tankers going plane to plane to pump in fuel.

"Several smaller tanks did explode," said Miami-Dade Firefighter spokesman Eric Baum.

No one was hurt in the fire, but delays are expected to push some flight departures to Friday.

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